Queen’s Park – The Liberal government is refusing to say what impact the Premier’s hydro privatization plans will have on Ontario ratepayers. Last week Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath asked the Premier point blank, to “provide any guarantees that hydro rates will not go up as part of the Liberal plan to privatize Hydro One and local utilities.” The Premier could not, or would not, provide any assurances.
With Ontario’s funding for Toronto’s housing programs falling below that of the Harper government next year, the government today announced a two year freeze of funding under the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative.
“Today, the government announced that its cuts to Toronto’s housing programs will remain cut, and funding for homelessness prevention will be frozen for two years,” said DiNovo, NDP GTA Issues critic and MPP for Parkdale-High Park.
Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath released the following statement.
"Ontario New Democrats stand with workers across our province and our country who are losing their jobs due to the closure of Future Shop Canada.
Queen’s Park – Ontario NDP Finance Critic Catherine Fife released the following statement in response to the release of the Sunshine List.
“The latest edition of the Sunshine List shows that even as she prepares to make more cuts to public services in the upcoming budget, Kathleen Wynne has done absolutely nothing to control the rise of outrageous public sector CEO salaries despite her pledge to do so. She promised change when she became Premier. Instead we’re seeing the same old Liberal arrogance. She promised accountability and transparency. Instead the Premier’s office is under 4 separate OPP investigations and mired in cover-ups.
Queen’s Park – Today, Ontario NDP Education Critic Lisa Gretzky released the following statement regarding next year’s education funding:
“The Liberals’ cuts to schools will mean fewer supports for students, more layoffs, and even more school closures across the province. The Premier promised not to cut education, but she’s broken that promise to families. Parents will be appalled to learn that thirty-eight school boards will see less funding for special education next year, including over $6 million in special education cuts in Toronto alone. Province-wide, there will be $36 million less in funding for textbooks, classroom supplies, and educators’ salaries. And small schools will be particularly hard hit. At a time when we should be investing in students’ futures, the Liberals are cutting critical programs and forcing students to pay the price.”
Today the Ontario Legislature debated an NDP Motion which called for an end to the Liberal government’s cuts to healthcare, education, childcare, transportation, housing and their reckless privatization plans. However, Liberal and Conservative MPPs sided together to vote against the motion which calls for investing in services, creating jobs, making life more affordable, and looking at greater tax fairness including rolling back existing corporate giveaways.